M.Sc. Online

Teaching Biology

University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

24 months
490 USD/credit 7840 USD/year
490 USD/credit 7840 USD/year
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Online courses in the Master of Science in Teaching Biology at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign meet the needs of today's biology teachers. The fully online format enables in-service teachers to bring the latest advances in biology and evolving pedagogy directly into the classroom.


The Online Master of Science Teaching Biology (M.S.) degree program from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is designed to give practicing teachers the opportunity to earn the M.S. in Teaching Biological Science or graduate credits in biology while living and teaching at home. 

Teachers certified to teach biology in public schools and admitted by the University of Illinois may take any of these courses, whether they are in a degree program or are a non-degree student.

Key Features 

  • The OMST of Biological Science program offers 6 Biology and 3 Education courses that are 8 weeks in length and completely online. 
  • To complete the program and earn a MS degree a student must complete a minimum of 5 Biology and 3 Education courses. The student is free to pick the 5 out of the 6 Biology courses offered that are of the most interest to them, or best fit into their schedule.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Emerging Infectious Diseases
  • Sustainability and Global Change
  • Human Genome and Bioinformatics
  • Evolution and Medicine
  • Biology and Tech Innovation
  • Evolutionary Biology

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  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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32 alternative credits



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General requirements

  • Official transcripts from every post-secondary institution you have attended.
  • At least three letters of recommendation, preferably from recommenders in academic or professional positions.
  • Proof of teacher certification in Science, preferably in Biology.
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution in the United States or from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad in content and number of credit hours with that granted by the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for the last two years of the undergraduate program is the minimum requirement for admission.
  • A personal statement where applicants provide a brief background of their teaching experience and teaching philosophy and explain their ultimate goal in participating in this program.
  • The GRE is NOT required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 490 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    7840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 490 USD per credit during 24 months.


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